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Shaq hits UFC FanExpo

Makes 1st public appearance in Boston

He made a huge splash this summer by announcing that he had signed with the Boston Celtics, one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Now, 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal will meet the loyal Boston sports fans for the first time at tomorrow’s UFC® FAN EXPO™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center. The 7’1” superstar will appear on the main stage at 12pm ET alongside UFC commentator Mike Goldberg for a Q&A Session with fans.

O’Neal, who won NBA championships with Los Angeles and Miami, is a fan favorite thanks to his bright personality and dominant performances on the hardwood. A longtime supporter of the UFC, Shaq now joins UFC President Dana White’s favorite team, a fact that brings a smile to the face of White.

“Shaq has been a huge supporter of the UFC and we’re pumped that he’ll be making his first public appearance at the UFC Fan Expo,” UFC President Dana White said. “With Shaq becoming a Celtic and this being our first-ever event in Boston, the timing is perfect. This is just another reason why Boston sports fans can’t miss this event.”

This year’s UFC Fan Expo leads into UFC® 118: EDGAR vs. PENN 2 Presented by TAPOUT®, featuring the lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and former division kingpin BJ Penn. For more UFC Fan Expo information and to purchase tickets, visit UFCfanexpo.com. For companies interested in reserving space at this premier event, contact Ed Gallo, Event Director at 1-203-840-5546 or email egallo@ufcfanexpo.com.

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About Reed Exhibitions

The UFC Fan Expo is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer, with over 470 events in 37 countries. In 2008, Reed brought together over seven million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 38 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses, and meetings. Its portfolio of over 470 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering, manufacturing, environment, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewelry, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical education, printing & graphics, property & real estate, security & safety, sports & recreation, and travel. Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations, and government departments, Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.




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